The Department of Life Sciences was established in year 2012. The Department offers both Five Year integrated M.Sc., and Ph.D. programmes. The Department is supported by faculty who commit themselves to highest standards of academics and research. It is one of the most vibrant and visible department in terms of the competition for admission to the stuffy mural research grants, faculty ratio, teaching experience of the faculty, publications, and extra mural research grants faculty generate from various funding agencies and also in terms of infra-structure facilities.
The vision of the Department is “To help students understand the diversity, formation and functioning of living organisms in order to conserve and coexist with nature. The aim of the Department is to provide a platform for the various interdisciplinary/ research oriented/ advanced higher education in Life Sciences which will translate standards of personal and societal living”
The Department was established with a mission of “Ascertaining and broadcasting knowledge in Life Sciences through research and creative analysis, innovative teaching and learning and also to address problems affecting human health and world challenging environmental issues”.
The Integrated master’s programme (I.M.Sc.,) that the Department offers comprises of various subjects including Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Structural Biology and Biophysics. Apart from these, we are also offers novel bioinformatics approaches to develop new biomarkes and identification of drug targets.
Students – Teacher interactive seminars in new biology, hands on training during practical courses and field visits to various research institutes and industries are some of the meaningful agenda planned for these courses with the aim of making teaching, working out of problems/research contemporary and vibrant.
Apart from this, the Department is actively organizing various national and international workshops, seminars and conferences to provide platform for the students. The students interact with scientists/ professors from various national and international institutes, industries and medical schools. Our students are also actively taking part in various summer internship programmes offered by prestigious institutes like IASc – INSA and IISERs.
The faculty of Life Sciences Department at CUTN have earned several national and international distinctions in terms of fellowship and awards. Faculty of the Department are engaged with projects in various funding agencies. The research focus of the Department of Life Sciences is multifaceted by research in Neuroimmunology which deals with the understanding of brain innate immune mechanisms to various stress conditions; Blood and Vascular Biology, especially in the area of hemostatsis & thrombosis and haematological malignancy. Another thrust research area of next generation sequencing technologies to understand molecular mechanism (transcriptomic/ epigenetic biomarkes) that derive metastatic progression of solid tumours followed by molecular plant physiology with special emphasis of deep understanding of the mechanisms of abiotic stress responses in plants. And also, Environmental biotechnology particularly in the field of climate change biology, Phytoremediation and plant -microbe interaction is also actively pursue in the department.
Research Thrust Areas
Blood and Vascular Biology
The department is equipped with the following equipment’s:
Phase contrast Microscope
Gel Documentation System
Electrophoresis (Horizontal and Vertical)
UV- Vis Spectrophotometer
Plant grow chamber
Laminar air flow